August 13, 2003
The SARS Task Force has waived the 10-day self-monitoring process for
individuals who have traveled from
or through one of the SARS affected countries. The task force has
determined that the process can be waived at this time because all of
the countries who were on the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention) list have been removed
from alert status.
July 31, 2003
SARS Task Force updates procedures
for new and returning students, faculty
In preparation for new and returning students, faculty and staff
this fall semester, the SARS Task Force has updated this Web site to
include recommended procedures for individuals who have traveled from
or through one of the SARS affected areas:
- Canada (Toronto)
- Hong Kong
In general the task force is recommending these individuals self-monitor
for 10 days from their date of arrival in the United States for
the following symptoms:
- fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C)
- cough, or
- difficulty breathing.
University Health Services is making SARS self-monitoring
kits available that include a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, a
guide, two masks, a daily temperature log and an emergency contact
if you become ill.
“The university is committed to implementing as many reasonable
precautions as necessary to reduce the risk for SARS on campus,” said
Theresa Spalding, M.D., associate director of University Health
all of the countries who were on the CDC’s (Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention) list have been removed
from alert status, the
task force believes it prudent to continue with the 10-day
self-monitoring strategy at this time. This proved to be highly
effective when the virus peaked last
If you have questions about these recommended procedures, call
University Health Services at 512-475-6877 (475-NURSE).
May 19, 2003
Advice on conferences and special events
on campus from Pat Clubb, Vice President for Employee and Campus Services.
April 25, 2003
A task force of university representatives in areas of public health
and environmental and public safety, and administrators responsible for
academic and student services is tracking Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(SARS) developments continuously and will recommend strategies and keep
the campus informed. In keeping with that charge, the task force offers
this informational Web site about SARS providing answers to frequently
asked questions concerning the disease and the precautionary measures
recommended by officials.
The information included on this site will soon be available in print
for members of the campus community without electronic access.
James Vick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Pat Clubb, Ph.D.
Vice President for Employee and Campus Services
April 24, 2003
University of Texas at Austin responds to concerns about SARS, Office
of Public Affairs